Paul’s Da Burger Joint 25th Anniversary

July 21, 2014 - Leave a Response

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Hiiii! New food alert recommendation if you are in East Village, love burgers or don’t mind traveling for some delicious food I invite you to try the food from Paul’s “Da Burger Joint.” (131 2nd Avenue is the address it is near the corner of St. Mark’s Place and 2nd Ave.) When in doubt look for the huge burger directly in front of the restaurant. On Saturday I had the privilege of celebrating the 25th anniversary and sampling the new items on the menu.

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I enjoyed the selection of different sauces in which we had the option of choosing to put on our food items. My favorite was Paul’s secret sauce as I loaded it on my cheeseburger slider. Another unexpected delightful treat that was served was the Paul’s bacon wrapped jalapeño peppers with lemon garlic sauce. It had just the right amount of kick and the bacon balanced out the texture. I am a bacon lover and once I tasted the bacon wrapped chicken bites with chipotle sauce I was speechless. It was pure stomach joy. If you are looking for a refreshing drink I would be selfish if I didn’t tell you about Paul’s “Da Burger Joint” Vanilla Bean and Bailey’s milkshake it was the right amount of goodness that had me craving more.

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They offered live entertainment, their updated menu and roll back pricing from 1989 for this special occasion. Paul’s “Da Burger Joint” has a very cozy, retro and inviting feel the staff is friendly, helpful and lively. Formerly known as “Paul’s Palace” the staff told us great stories of the history, the stars who have visited and the reason why the burgers are so popular huge portion and reasonable pricing.

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The decor holds vintage memoribilia, checkered table cloths and is great for a laid back style meal with a group of family and friends. But dont just take my word for it you can test the opinions of critics as well Paul’s “Da Burger Joint” was ranked on The Gothamist “Top 14 Best Burgers in NYC” and they appear on Burger Weekly’s Top 50. Stop by and experience good food and a good time. To the staff thank you for all of your hospitality and I wish you continued success.

Marsha Ambrosius – Friends and Lovers Album review

July 15, 2014 - Leave a Response

Hiiiiiiii splashy readers are you as excited as I am the wait is over. The wait is over! Marsha Ambrosius has released her highly anticipated sophomore album Friends & Lovers. This album follows her 2011 masterpiece Late Nights & Early Mornings an album that is still in heavy rotation on my behalf. This time around Marsha gave us an appetizer as to what to expect from our main course Friends & Lovers by releasing the EP Fvck & Love. It was a delightful treat and I will leave it as that beyond the murmurs in my mind saying my sexual appetite was satisfied. Yes I will leave it at that tasteful response and keep my other flashbacks to myself ahaha. I mean with titles such as: 69, Take It and Come what else was I suppose to do. 

Marsha commands the listeners attention right from the start she didn’t waste any time expressing what she wants with a bold, confident and sultry approach as she takes control. Hands down it has to be a Leo thing. Cheers to Leo power. Marsha sheds light on her personal situation in which we all may have experienced in one form or another. 

Song Breakdown

1. Friends & Lovers Intro – The introduction of the tug of war that we will be embarking on within her experience of a friend becoming a lover. 

2. So Good – Her vocal range on this song will blow your mind on this track. She convinced me and made me a firm believer that it was really that good. (insert the lurking eye emoji here)

3. Night Time – This is an easy listen her vocals cruise over the beat of the drums as if she is your personal chauffeur to a happy place of your choice. Her vocals serve as thrill ride in a Bugatti Veyron on an open road with only 2 other cars on the road with the capability of going 235 mph but choosing to drive on cruise control. 

4. 69 – Her flow on this track is impressive as she spirals her voice. The tempo is superb as it speeds up later slows down as the chopped and screwed vocals adds a great dynamic complimenting the background snaps.

5. Shoes – This song has a Motown feel very smooth, simple melody and descriptive story telling. The vocals laid are very soulful. 

6. How Much More (Interlude) – Invite someone to a ooh s*** contest. Will you?

7. Stronger (feat. Dr. Dre) – Marsha drops a cover of Sade’s “Stronger Than Pride” that pays tribute to golden era hip-hop with a sample of Jeru The Damaja’s “Come Clean.” Great remake as two worlds collide to compliment the original.

8. You & I – Very happy and upbeat tone fused with neo soul .

9. La La La La La - It is an easy listen, arranged perfectly and very catchy rendition as it samples the chorus from Minnie Ripperton’s Loving You.

10. Cupid (Shot Me Straight Through My Heart) – Smooth vibes it seems as if it was a sequel to Butterflies and I love it.

11. Kiss & Fuckk (Interlude) – I love the guitar incorporation on this track.

12. Love – A reflection of what love is, accepting and embracing it when it comes. 

13. Run – You appreciate her voice so much more on this track. I love this song such a beautiful ballad. 

14. Spend All My Time (feat. Charlie Wilson) – This is a timeless song with Charlie Wilson as he adds the right element of class and chemistry.

15. OMG I Miss You – This is another one of my favorites it is an unplugged intimate conversation. 

16. Streets of London (feat. Skye & Lindsey Stirling) – Great conclusion to an all around great album. Perfect setup for her next album as it leaves you in suspense. “Home is where the heart is. Where is my heart?”

This was just my take on my first listen and it is impossible to capture the essence of a body of work as great as hers in one listen. However, hands down this is one of the best R & B albums of the year. I am sure I will find more things to love about the album and I will because it will be on repeat. I am looking forward to more from Marsha Ambrosius and wishing her continued success. Go buy her album and support great music. Happy listening!

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